Auction 126, Lot 293

"[Lot of 4 Battle of Antietam]", U.S. War Department

Subject: Maryland, Civil War

Period: 1862 (circa)


Color: Black & White

5.5 x 3.8 inches
14 x 9.7 cm

Four original albumen photographs of the Battle of Antietam mounted on stiff cards with titles below in the fashion of Carte-de-Visite. Each was published by Sydney M. Southard, Burlington, VT. The scenes were drawn during the battle by James Hope, a Scottish-American who served in the war with the 2nd Vermont Infantry. The cards are: Battle of Antietam; Looking South, No. 1; Battle of Antietam, Looking West, No. 2; After the Battle. Bloody Lane Antietam; and Burnside Bridge, Battle of Antietam (Gen. Burnside and Escort). The photos are of original paintings after sketches by Hope "on the spot." A rare and poignant set which depicts the first major battle to take place on Northern soil. The infamous battle was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties.


Condition: A

Tack hole at top of each. The images are quite good which attests to the proper storage over the years which kept light away from the delicate image.

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/3/2008